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Red Hills Visitor Center

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Address: 2700 N. Kinney Rd., Saguaro National Park, AZ 85743-9719
Phone Number: +1 520 733 5158
09:00 - 17:00
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The western section of Saguaro National Park.

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Visitor center is excellent and park is awe inspiring

We drove through the park and visited the Visitor Center. The film is excellent and the ending is enlightening. The shop was fun and the Rangers there were very pleasant and... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 17 March 2015
RichandStell H
Salt Lake City, Utah
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Salt Lake City, Utah
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 March 2015

We drove through the park and visited the Visitor Center. The film is excellent and the ending is enlightening. The shop was fun and the Rangers there were very pleasant and helpful. Definitely worth at least a short visit. We did not have time to hike but would like to return again another time. We picnicked at one of the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 March 2015

One of the most beautiful spots in Tucson Gilbert Ray campground is located between the Desert Museum and the Old Tucson Studios. It has superb views of Gates Pass, saguaro, and the Tucson stars. Friendly staff and great RV sites on a first-come, first-served basis. Large and small RVs can find a spot. Several tent sites available. Hiking trails. Clean... More 

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New Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 March 2015

A beautiful national park with a fantastic landscape of the giant cacti, easily seen from the picture windows of the visitor center - and from the trails within the park. The drive through the park alone is worth the trip. There is a fine orientation film/slide show in the center. Paved trails from the center enable "non-hikers" to enjoy the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 March 2015

Beautiful! We drove and hiked through the Saguaro West. Excellent location for sunset photos. We didn't spend much time in the visitor center, so we didn't see the interpretive exhibits. Thankfully folks had the foresight to save this area from development and make it into a National Park. Looking forward to exploring this park more the next time I get... More 

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Las Cruces
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 March 2015

Great time of the year to visit. The drive through the park was fantastic. A visit to the visitor center, was also a lot of fun, a great slide show was presented. With my wife currently in a wheel chair because of a broken foot, it was nice to find two totally paved walkways out into the desert to see... More 

Kenai, Alaska
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 March 2015

So, when my wife said let's go to the Saguaro National Park to see some cacti I was just overjoyed. Not! Who wants to drive a few hours south of Phoenix to the Tuscon area to see a bunch of cacti? Not me. But interestingly enough the park turned out to be a pretty cool place. The kids liked it... More 

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Powell River, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 March 2015

We enjoyed this National Park immensely! It's so different from where we come from - the forests of West Coast British Columbia. We took one of the hiking trails and spend most of the time taking pictures. We met some others from Minnisota who were also blown away by the landspace and beauty of the area. Well worth a visit!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 March 2015

This is a wonderful experience with walking trails and stunning scenery. A forest of Saguaro cactus, some 25 feet in height and 300 years old. Their is an array of birds and many species of cactus. Watch out for the Cholla as it can literally jump out and attach itself and become a painful visit reminder. The visitor center and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 February 2015

To a North westerner, my idea of beauty is a hillside covered in fir trees; not one scattered with the saguaro cactus. However, the hesitant beauty of these bare green poles sticking out of a rock strewn dessert with thin scrubby brush does begin to grow on you. The more one becomes acquainted with the park, the better one understands... More 

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Dubuque, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 February 2015

Visitors to national monuments are accustomed to seeing a film about the site. THIS ONE IS EXCEPTIONAL! Outside is an exceptionally peaceful vista of these giants of nature. Pause for awhile and soak in the beauty. You might call ahead to see when the cacti will blossom to add to the experience.

Thank Randy L

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